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The Zero Waste Project
by Laurie O'Reilly

Landfills Poison Our Air and Water Far too many families are being poisoned by contaminants released by landfills and waste incinerators across Massachusetts. All landfills eventually leak toxic chemicals into our air and water, and Massachusetts currently has no plan in place to address this dangerous problem. CLF in Action CLF has launched the Zero…

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Trump’s “Two-for-One” Order is Bad for the Environment
by Megan Herzog

President Trump’s first 100 days in office started with a bang – as in, the sound of a shot through the heart of our country’s environmental protections. One of the President’s first official actions was to sign an executive order that requires federal agencies to axe two existing regulations for each new regulation they create.…

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Speak Out – Cleaning Up Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
by Sandy Levine

Cleaning up closed nuclear power plants is a vexing problem. The sites are contaminated and will remain so for decades, if not centuries. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant closed in 2014. Now, the current owners, Entergy, plan to transfer everything to a new owner, Northstar, in exchange for $1,000. You can read the Vermont…

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#DeleteUber Campaign Could Be Good for the Environment
by Rafael Mares

If you recently deleted your Uber app in response to the consumer boycott over the ride-hailing company’s behavior during the protests against Trump’s travel ban, you may want to think twice before you reinstall it. While Uber has amassed at least three more scandals since then, a new report is also giving us a first…

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Environmental group files suit to stop Seaport condo tower

The Conservation Law Foundation, which has fiercely opposed the development, made good on its threat to sue the state to stop developer Jon Cronin’s $260 million project if it received approval from state environmental regulators. The project, proposed on the site of Cronin’s Whiskey Priest and Atlantic Beer Garden restaurants, got the green light from…

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CLF Takes Defense of Boston Waterfront to Court

“The Boston waterfront is a public treasure, an engine of tourism and a hub of economic growth, but it all collapses when we neglect our communal right to this resource,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “The public has invested well over fifteen billion dollars in the harbor cleanup and waterfront improvements and has a protected privilege to enjoy the benefits of these investments. By approving a luxury residential scheme that essentially privatizes a public resource, the Baker Administration is corrupting a longstanding process designed to protect public interest. The minute we prioritize individual development goals over the public good, we start down a slippery slope that could spell disaster for our communities and our harbor.”

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Citizen Action Turns the Tide on Massive Landfill Expansion in Southbridge
by Kirstie Pecci

On Monday night, more than 100 people from the south-central Massachusetts towns of Sturbridge, Charlton, and Southbridge turned out for an emergency meeting of the Sturbridge Board of Health. They came to express their anger to the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) that the 19 home wells in the Sturbridge neighborhood…

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Massachusetts Town Moves to Stop Unrestricted Landfill Expansions
by Heather Murray

Saugus Town Meeting members have sent a clear message to companies with facilities that pose a danger to public health and­ the environment: there must be reasonable limits. Last week, Town Meeting voted to approve amendments to Saugus’s zoning by-laws that limit the height of all landfills within the town to 50 feet. In addition…